The Story Behind 'Bewitched's' Two Darrins: Why The Series Recast The Co-Lead In Season 6

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One of the most iconic sitcoms of all time, ABC’s "Bewitched" ran on ABC for eight seasons between 1964 and 1972, telling the story of a witch who marries a mortal man and settles for a seemingly normal life in the suburbs. Though Elizabeth Montgomery would lead the popular show as Samantha Stephens from start to finish, the same can’t be said for the original actor who played her husband, Darrin.

If you grew up watching "Bewitched," or maybe caught reruns on Nick at Nite in the ‘80s and ‘90s, there’s a good chance you have memories of Darrin Stephens randomly changing between seasons during the later years of the show. Well, this isn’t an example of the Mandela Effect. In fact, there’s quite an easy-to-explain yet somewhat tragic story behind the Two Darrins situation. So what happened? Let’s break it down.